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International exile promises rich rewards for Symonds

Exile from international cricket could make Andrew Symonds richer by almost one million dollars as the troubled Australian all-rounder, if ignored for the April ODI series against Pak, will get to play the entire duration of the lucrative IPL.

cricket Updated: Feb 09, 2009 05:49 IST

Exile from international cricket could make Andrew Symonds richer by almost one million dollars as the troubled Australian all-rounder, if ignored for the April ODI series against Pakistan, will get to play the entire duration of the lucrative Indian Premier League.

The 33-year-old is undergoing rehabilitation and counselling after being declared unavailable for selection by Cricket Australia, which cited his lack of commitment as the reason to ignore him for the time being.

He will miss the Test tour of South Africa which follows the ongoing one-day series against New Zealand. If he sits out of the Pakistan series as well, he would be free to play for his IPL team Hyderabad Deccan Chargers for the entire duration of the Twenty20 event.

"Any decision by CA to block Symonds from playing in the Pakistan series - to be played in the United Arab Emirates - will enable the Queenslander to be available for the entire duration of the cash-crazy Indian Premier League.

"Symonds' IPL deal with Deccan is valued at 1.47 million dollars and he will pocket every cent if he plays out the six-week tournament," the 'Sunday Herald Sun' reported.

"If he is not picked in the Australian team, I would like to see him here for the whole tournament. That would be great," said IPL commissioner Lalit Modi said.